“Come over and sit a spell.” Have you ever heard that old-south saying? It means to make yourself comfortable, relax, and enjoy a bit of down-time.

When we think of a vacation to Disney World, sitting and relaxing are sadly not part of the equation much of the time. We want to go, go, go! We want to see and do as much as possible.

I understand. Our time is limited and our vacations are short.

However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take out just a few minutes to relax.

Sure, you can find plenty of ways to relax at Disney World for many hours or even a full day or more, and I highly recommend that. But a bit of relation doesn’t have to be a long and drawn-out event.

You can sit for 10 minutes and enjoy the view. Doing so will help your feet, your energy level, and your attitude.

With that said, there are four great places to just sit for a few minutes.

1 – Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

The porch of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is elevated above the Boardwalk and is nearby all the action. From your vantage point, you may see performers on the Boardwalk as well as plenty of people going to and fro. When you are fully relaxed, you are just steps away from the shops and restaurants of the Boardwalk.

The porch looks out over the Boardwalk.

The porch looks out over the Boardwalk.

Have a seat!

Have a seat!

2 – Disney’s Beach Club Resort

It seems that the beach is one of the last places that exists in the United States where you are permitted – and even expected – to just sit and relax. No e-mail and no work (short of those who risk getting sand in their iPhones). It makes sense that Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a wonderful place to sit and relax if you are in the Epcot resort area.

The Beach Club takes you back to the eastern seaboard of the early 20th century. Just off the lobby is a large porch populated with plenty of rocking chairs which give you a great view of the tranquil Crescent Lake. Enjoy watching the folks stroll along the Boardwalk or check out the boats as they go by and ferry people to Epcot and the nearby resorts. The space is calm and feels like it is away from and the hustle and bustle going on around you.

3 – Tom Sawyer Island

The Magic Kingdom can be a hectic place. There is a sense of constant sensory stimulation – the music of parades, the views from attractions, the smells of food. It’s great fun! However, sometimes you might want a little break from everything that is going on. A great place to sit back and relax is near Aunt Polly’s little yellow house on Tom Sawyer Island. You will need to take short ride on a little raft to get from the mainland to the island. Aunt Polly’s is on the part of the island that faces into Liberty Square and the dock for the paddlewheel boats. Here you will find a quiet and restful spot with amazing views of the Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square, and Frontierland.

Relax at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island.

Relax at Aunt Polly’s on Tom Sawyer Island.

4 – Main Street USA

This one may require a double take. Main Street USA is one of the most crowded and active locations in all of Disney World. But there is a spot that is a refuge. It’s called Center Street – the small alley way that juts off of Main Street. If you head down Center Street, you won’t find much. If you listen carefully, you can hear some of the supposed Victorian residents on the second floor going about their daily lives. However, something else you will find are a few tables and a few chairs. It’s a quiet place of sanctuary away from the commotion just a few feet away. Most folks don’t know about this spot, so you may just have it to yourself. Enjoy.

Yes, you can find peace on Main Street USA.

Yes, you can find peace on Main Street USA.

Do you have a favorite place to sit and relax at Disney World?  Where?